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Becker AR6201 VHF Transceiver Instructions
VHF Transceiver AR6201-(X0X)
Software Versions:
SCI1050S305 Version 3.05
SCI1051S305 Version 1.49
and upwards
Operating Instructions
Issue 5 / November 2013
Article No. 0618.764-071
Becker Avionics GmbH  Baden-Airpark B 108
77836 Rheinmünster  Germany
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Operating Instructions AR6201-(X0X)
Table of Contents
Page
1.
Introduction .......................................................................................... 3
2.
General Operation Instructions ............................................................ 4
3.
Purpose of Equipment ......................................................................... 5
4.
Operation ............................................................................................. 6
4.1
Controls and Indicators ...................................................................... 7
4.1.1
Symbols shown on the Display ....................................................... 9
4.2
Start–Up ........................................................................................... 10
4.3
Receive and Transmission Operation .............................................. 10
4.3.1
Receive Mode................................................................................ 10
4.3.2
Transmission Operation ................................................................ 11
4.4
Frequency Selection Modes ............................................................ 12
4.4.1
Standard Mode .............................................................................. 13
4.4.2
Direct Tune Mode .......................................................................... 14
4.4.3
Channel Mode ............................................................................... 15
4.4.4
Scan Function................................................................................ 17
4.5
Squelch ............................................................................................ 18
4.6
RX Field strength indication ............................................................. 19
4.7
Channel Spacing Mode.................................................................... 19
4.8
Storage Function .............................................................................. 20
4.8.1
Modification of User Channels Database and Labels Database... 20
4.8.2
Automatic Storage Function .......................................................... 22
4.9
Auxiliary Audio Input ........................................................................ 22
4.10
Intercom Operation .......................................................................... 23
4.11
VOX & speaker operation ................................................................ 24
4.12
Menus .............................................................................................. 24
4.12.1 Intercom Menu............................................................................... 24
4.12.2 Pilots Menu .................................................................................... 26
4.13
Warning and Failure Indications ...................................................... 28
Figure 4-1 controls and indicators .................................................................. 7
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1. Introduction
Before use of the VHF Transceiver it is recommended to study this
instruction manual carefully because it contains safety as well as operating
instructions.
Include this Operation Instruction to the documentation carried on board the
aircraft.
In case of additional questions concerning the AR6201 contact any local
BECKER DEALER or forward your request direct to BECKER “Product
Support Department”.
The terms WARNING, CAUTION and NOTE should be understood as
follows:
WARNING
CAUTION
NOTE
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Failing to comply with the referenced
instruction may lead to injuries or fatal
accidents.
Failing to comply with the referenced
instruction may lead to malfunction or
damage on the AR6201.
Referenced instruction or information to
which particular attention should be paid.
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2. General Operation Instructions
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Display Contents
The following instructions are recommended to be followed for safe and
normal operation of VHF transceiver:
A voice communication test shall be performed before take-off and it should
be noted that, if the communication test is carried out close to the ground
station, the results may be positive even if the antenna cable is broken or
short-circuited. In such a case, at a distance of 5 to 10 km and above,
communication might not be possible.
Speak always loud, clear and not too fast for optimal voice communication.
Keep the microphone always close to the lips otherwise a special
suppressing circuit in the AR6201 will not be capable to suppress normal
cabin noise with the foreseen strength for keeping the voice signal in the
foreground.
Only microphones or headsets which are suitable for use in an aircraft shall
be used. In aircraft made of wood or synthetic materials or in gliders or
helicopters, incoming radiation can affect the integrated amplifier of the
microphone (feedback), noticeable in the ground station by whistling and/or
heavy distortion. The described disturbances can occur in different ways and
on different transmission frequencies.
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Reappear every 5 seconds.
Description
The transceiver has detected an internal
failure during normal operation.
Depending on failure reason, the device may
still operates with a degraded performance
or not operate at all.
Possible reasons for indication:
- Out of specified environmental conditions
- HW or SW failure inside the transceiver.
Contact maintenance shop for assistance.
The transceiver has detected an internal
failure during start up.
Depending on failure reason, the device may
still operates with degraded performance or
not operate at all.
Possible reasons for indication:
- Out of specified environmental conditions
- HW or SW failure inside the transceiver.
Contact maintenance shop for assistance.
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4.13 Warning and Failure Indications
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Reappear every 5 seconds.
Reappear every 5 seconds.
Reappear every 5 seconds.
Description
“LOW BATT” appears after the supply
voltage of the transceiver dropped below the
threshold defined in the Installation Setup.
Transceiver still operates. Depending on the
aircrafts supply voltage the transceiver may
have a reduced performance. Below 10 volts
the speaker output is switched “OFF”!
Possible reasons for indication:
- Problems with battery capacity (gliders),
- Power interrupts,
- General problem of power supply,
- Wrong (too high) adjusted threshold in
Installation Setup.
“STUCK PTT” indication appears after 120
seconds of continues transmitting. The
transceiver return to Receive Mode even if
the /PTT line is still active (GND).
For initiating a new transmission, the /PTT
line needs first to become inactive (open).
Possible reasons for indication:
- Transmitting more than 120 seconds.
- PTT-key stuck.
- /PTT line permanently grounded (short
circuit in installation).
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WARNING
For power supply voltages below 10 V the speaker output of the transceiver
is automatically switched off, without dedicated notification of the user!
For power supply voltages below 10 V pilots have to use the headphone
output. Depending on settings of installation setup “LOW BATT” may be
indicated if supply voltage drops below predefined threshold.
If this threshold is adjusted in range of 10.2 … 10.5 VDC this “LOW BATT”
warning may be used to take steps against the coming loss of
communication.
CAUTION
Avionics equipment, e.g. the VHS transceiver, should not be switched ON
during engine(s) being started or shut-down.
Reason: Excessive pulses on the DC bus of the aircraft during start-up and
shut-down phase may cause damage on electrical circuit of any installed
instrument.
3. Purpose of Equipment
The VHF transceiver enables voice communication in the very high
frequency band between 118.000 MHz to 136.9916 MHz (radio
communication part of air-band) with a selectable channel spacing of 25 kHz
or 8.33 kHz.
“TX HOT” indicates the internal device
temperature exceeds + 90°C.
The AR6201-(X0X) still operates, but the
transmitter has reduced RF output power.
Possible reasons for “TX HOT” indication:
- Too hot environmental temperature,
excessive long transmissions times in
insufficient airflow conditions.
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The panel brightness for display illumination and pushbuttons can be
changed from 0 to 100 by turning the “ROTARY ENCODER“. Adjustment 0
means illumination is turns “OFF” completely and 100 means the illumination
is at maximum.
4. Operation
NOTE 1: In this section the figures for illustrating display content
mainly show a transceiver working in 8.33 + 25 kHz mixed
mode. Dedicated pictures for 25 kHz mode are not
explicitly shown as the display content is very similar
(They differ only in the number of digits for the displayed
frequency).
NOTE 2: The following graphics of the VHF COM display content
show the 8.33 kHz channel spacing for all possible
operation modes.
Note: This page is not available if in Installation Setup the dimming
input is set to 14 V or 28 V. Dimming control by the aircrafts
dimming circuit is at this selection performed.
Another press on the “MDE” key change to SQUELCH and by means of the
“ROTARY ENCODER“, the setting can be changed. The Active Frequency
stays indicated in the top line of the display and on the bottom line
“SQUELCH” label appears together with a bar graph and a figure showing
the current value.
The squelch threshold can be changed from 6 to 26 by means of the
“ROTARY ENCODER“.
Adjustment 6 makes very week and noisy signals audible. Squelch opens at
about -105 dBm.
Adjustment 26 makes only quite strong signals with low noise content
audible. Squelch opens at about -87 dBm.
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Note: In installation with the second controller, AR6201-(X0X) adjusts
VOX threshold for Microphone 1 only, RCU6201 adjusts VOX
threshold for Microphone 2 only.
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4.1
Controls and Indicators
An adjustment of the VOX threshold level is not possible if VOX forced to be
“OFF” (due to Enabled speaker in current Audio Configuration).
By changing the VOX threshold level to above +10, VOX can be switched
“OFF”. In this case, “OFF” replaces the numerical value indication (see figure
below):
If VOX switched “OFF”, activation of intercom operation by the external
intercom switch (/IC discrete input) is possible at any time.
4.12.2 Pilots Menu
Make a two seconds press on the “MDE” key to enter the Pilots Menu.
The Pilots Menu can be left by a two seconds press again on the “MDE” key,
or left automatically after a few seconds, or after a short push on the
“ROTARY ENCODER“ when SQUELCH setting page is visible.
The Pilots Menu consists of two pages:
- BRIGHTNESS (first page)
- SQUELCH (second page)
Toggling between the pages is provided by a short press on the “MDE” key,
or by a short press on the “ROTARY ENCODER“.
BRIGHTNESS
The Active Frequency stays indicated in the top line of the display.
Underneath the Active Frequency, the “BRIGHTNESS” label appears in
combination with a bar graph including a figure for the selected value.
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Figure 4-1 controls and indicators
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Controls
Symbol
Description
Main Function
IC/SQL
(Intercom/Squelch)
”Short press” during normal operation
toggles the RX -SQL ON/OFF.
“Long press” during normal operation
activates Intercom Menu.
MDE
(Mode)
“Short press” during normal operation
changes the frequency selection mode.
“Long press” during normal operation
activates the pilots menu.
STO
(Store)
”Short press” during normal operation
activates storage procedure.
Change of
Channel Spacing
Keeping the MOD and STO button
pressed simultaneously for more than 2
seconds changes from 8.33 kHz to 25
kHz channel spacing and vice versa.
1
2
3
8/25
4
↕/SCN
(Exchange/SCAN)
5
7
Note: In installation with the second controller, adjustment of
Intercom Volume by means of the RT6201 has no effects. IC
VOLUME can be regulated only by means of AR6201-(X0X).
A short press on the “IC/SQL” key activates the Intercom VOX page.
- Intercom VOX Menu
The Active Frequency stays indicated in the top line of the display. On the
next two lines the label ”IC VOX” and a bar graph with numerical value are
indicated.
”Short press” during standard mode or
scan mode toggles between preset
active frequency.
“Long press” activates scan mode.
Volume Knob
Turning the transceiver ON/OFF and
adjusts volume level of received signal.
„ROTARY
ENCODER“
Turning “ROTARY ENCODER”
changes the settings of several
parameters (frequency, IC-volume,
VOX …).
Pushing the “ROTARY ENCODER“
toggles between the digits and acts as
an enter key.
6
By means of the “ROTARY ENCODER“ the intercom volume can be
changed from 0 to 46, 0 means minimum intercom volume, 46 means
maximum intercom volume. Intercom volume setting affects the Intercom
audio signal and side tone signal routed to the headphone.
By means of the “ROTARY ENCODER“, Intercom VOX threshold can be set.
Setting -30 means VOX is most sensitive and even a very low microphone
signal already triggers the VOX threshold for Intercom operation, +10 means
that VOX is less sensitive and only high microphone signals trigger the VOX
threshold for Intercom operation.
Note: At a setting for VOX threshold of -15 a convenient behaviour of
the VOX should be achieved in most aircrafts. This requires that
mike sensitivity had been correct adjusted. If the mike
sensitivity is incorrect adjusted, VOX may work not satisfying.
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Activation of Intercom operation provided by an external intercom switch
independent of VOX or speaker status (enabled/disabled). The external
intercom switch has priority. During intercom operation the Speaker output is
disabled
When the user presses and holds down a key for at least 2 seconds, the
AR6201-(X0X) detects a “Long press” otherwise a “Short press” is assumed.
4.11 VOX & speaker operation
The AR6201-(X0X) disables VOX if enabling speaker in active Audio
Configuration.
With active speaker, enabled in Audio Configuration, VOX is always “OFF”
and intercom via VOX is not possible. This prevent from oscillation of VOX
due to acoustical feedback.
Speaker output is switched “OFF” even if speaker is enabled in current Audio
Configuration in one of the following cases:
- Transceiver is in Transmission Mode,
- Intercom is activated by external intercom switch (/IC input),
- Power supply is below 10 Volt.
The whole content of the AR6201-(X0X) display is inverted for a short time, if
any action is done by the user, e.g. pressing a key, and the operation is not
allowed at this time.
Beside the main functions, described in the table on previous page, the
controls have additional functions. Description for these functions will follow
in the chapters below.
4.1.1 Symbols shown on the Display
Symbol
Meaning
IC
Intercom operation is active (triggered by VOX or external IC
key).
4.12 Menus
Intercom operation via VOX is disabled.
During normal operation in one of the Frequency Selection Modes the
following menus can be activated:
- Intercom Menu for adjustment of intercom volume and VOX threshold,
- Pilots Menu for adjustment of panel brightness and squelch threshold.
4.12.1 Intercom Menu
A long press on “IC/SQL” key activates the Intercom Menu.
Another long press on MDE key terminates Intercom Menu, or leaves the
menu automatically after 5 s timeout.
The Intercom Menu consists of two pages:
- Intercom Volume (first page),
- Intercom VOX (second page).
A short press on “IC/SQL” key provides toggling between the pages.
- Intercom Volume Menu
The Active Frequency stays indicated in the top line of the display, while “IC
VOLUME” label appears in the bottom lines. Below the label “IC VOLUME” a
bar graph with numerical value is displayed.
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Speaker enabled in Installation Setup and not muted.
During Transmission and Intercom, the Speaker automatically
is muted.
TX
The transceiver is in Transmission Mode
SQL
The squelch function is active. Receiver noise only
suppressed.
SCAN
Transceiver operates in Scan Function.
►
In “Scan” function, an arrow is visible. The arrow points to the
active or standby frequency from which the audio is deriving
(see chapters 4.5.4 and 4.7)
STO
The transceiver performs a storage operation
LOW BATT
128.225
Inverted figures or letters on display ready to edit
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4.2
Start–Up
CAUTION:
Note:
Do not turn “ON” the VHF transceiver when engines
are being started or shut down.
Excessive pulses on the DC bus of the aircraft may
cause damage on electrical circuits of any installed
instrument.
a.
Turn “ON” the VHF transceiver by turning the volume knob clockwise.
b.
During PBIT (Power-On Built In Test) the display indicates the message
”WAIT”, the software version of “Control Head” (CH) and the software
version of “Chassis Module” (CM) are indicated.
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Automatic aux attenuation functionality is coupled with the auxiliary audio
input. The level of the auxiliary input signal attenuates if intercom is activated
by VOX or by /IC discrete input. The auxiliary input signal reverts to its
previous value after intercom deactivation. The attenuation value can be
adjusted within the range from 0 to 40dB.
The auxiliary audio input signal is, if enabled and not muted, mixed with the
received signal from antenna and the intercom signal (if squelch triggered
and intercom activated).
4.10 Intercom Operation
The transceiver has an internal built in intercom. With activated intercom the
signals from the microphones are mixed and amplified to become audible on
headphone output. This enables internal communication via headsets
between both pilots.
Intercom operation in Receive Mode is also possible:
- Automatically via VOX (threshold adjustable in the Intercom Menu),
- Externally via intercom switch (pin P1-7).
If intercom operation is activated the “IC” sign is displayed.
c.
If the PBIT has detected an error, the display indicates ”FAILURE” (for
details see chapter 4.13)
d.
If no error has been detected the transceiver starts in the Frequency
Selection Mode last time used before switching “OFF” the unit.
4.3
Receive and Transmission Operation
The VHF transmitter provides operation in two modes:
-
Receive Mode
Transmission Mode
Intercom operation is not possible in Transmission Mode.
Intercom activation via VOX is not possible if:
- Speaker is enabled,
- VOX is disabled by the user (refer Intercom Menu, chapter 4.12.1).
In both cases, the display shows the
VOX is not possible.
sign to indicate that activation via
4.3.1 Receive Mode
If /PTT input is inactive and PTT key is not pressed, the transceiver stays in
Receive Mode.
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After storing labels, the transceiver returns back to the previous Frequency
Selection Mode (Standard Mode / Direct Tune Mode / Scan Function).
If no action occurs in label editing mode, the transceiver returns after 7
seconds to the previous Frequency Selection Mode without storing the
frequency and label information.
Recalling labels associated to the stored frequencies is possible in Channel
Mode (see chapter 4.4.3).
4.8.2 Automatic Storage Function
Transceiver automatically updates Last Channels Database only if STORE
LAST CHANNEL option selected in MEMORY OPTIONS page in the
Installation Setup. The Transceiver provides possibility to store 9 recently
selected VHF frequencies.
The Last Channels Database of the transceiver updates automatically only
when operated in Standard Mode, Direct Tune Mode or Scan Function.
When a new Active Frequency stay selected for at least 10 seconds, the
VHF frequencies stored in LAST1, LAST2 … LAST8 shift to LAST2, LAST3
… LAST9 and the current Active Frequency is stored as LAST1.
In Channel Mode the automatically stored frequencies “LAST” can be
recalled (see chapter 4.4.3).
4.9
Auxiliary Audio Input
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In Receive Mode the headphone output, if enabled, can provide a mixed
signal consisting of:
- received signal from antenna,
- intercom signal from intercom circuit (if intercom is active),
- signal from auxiliary input (if enabled).
In Receive Mode the speaker output, if enabled, can provide a mixed signal
consisting of:
- received signal from antenna on operating frequency,
- signal from auxiliary input (if enabled).
The signal from the auxiliary input can be automatically muted under specific
conditions.
Refer to chapter 4.9 for details.
4.3.2 Transmission Operation
If /PTT input is active (PTT key is pressed) the transceiver switches into
Transmission Mode. Microphone(s) signals can modulate the transmitter.
The “TX” symbol in the left upper corner of the display indicates the AR6201(X0X) is in Transmission Mode.
The transceiver has an auxiliary audio input. In the Installation Setup,
enabling or disabling the auxiliary audio is provided.
Is the input enabled, the audio signal applied to this input is transferred to the
audio output(s) while the transceiver is in Receive Mode.
Is the input disabled, the adjacent input signal will be ignored.
AUX AUTO MUTE function depends on the AUX INPUT is selected on
CONFIGURATION page in the Installation Setup. AUX AUTO MUTE function
will mute the audio signal from the auxiliary audio input automatically, as long
as the AR6201-(X0X) detects (based on squelch evaluation) a RX from the
signal or user deactivates the squelch manually.
If this function is disabled the signal from the auxiliary audio input is
permanently audible on the audio output, independently of the received
signal or the squelch status.
In Transmission Mode, the most user actions (changing Frequency Selection
Mode, Channel Spacing Mode etc.), normally allowed in Receive Mode, are
blocked. As an exception, in Standard Mode the “Preset” Frequency may still
be changeable, even during transmission.
No intercom operation is possible in Transmission Mode.
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The side tone (demodulated audio of the transmitted signal) is available on
the headphone output. The Transmit Mode automatically deactivates the
Speaker.
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selected by means of the “ROTARY ENCODER“. The label ”FREE” appear
in front of “CHXX” if the selected channel number is vacant, but if the
selected channel number contains an already stored frequency ”USED”
appears.
Note: Transmission Mode is automatically terminated (return to
Receive Mode) after 120 seconds of continuous
transmitting even if PTT is still pressed. In this case
“STUCK PTT” is indicated (refer chapter 4.13). For initiation
of a new transmission, /PTT line needs first to become
inactive.
4.4
“FREE” and “USED” channel indication.
Frequency Selection Modes
The following Frequency Selection Modes can be available on AR6201-(X0X):
- Standard Mode (only this mode provides the Scan Function)
- Direct Tune Mode
- Channel Mode
The three modes (Standard Mode, Direct Tune Mode and Channel Mode)
provide different user pages on the display for convenient selection of the
operating frequency.
A consecutive short press on “MDE” key provide toggling between the three
pages, which appear in the flowing order: Standard Mode and Direct Tune
Mode and Channel Mode and back to Standard Mode…etc.
The Scan Function is a sub-mode of the Standard Mode, providing
monitoring of two frequencies (Active Frequency and Preset Frequency) at
the same time.
A 2 seconds press on “↕/SCN” key activates/deactivates the Scan Function.
Out of the three pages from the Frequency Selection Modes any page can
be enabled or disabled in the Installation Setup but at least one page must
remain selected.
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By entering the storage procedure, the transceiver proposes the first free
channel for storing the Active Frequency. Beside the proposed channel, also
every other channel within the range 1 to 99 is selectable by turning the
rotary knob. For every selected channel, “USED” or “FREE” appears
respectively.
Pushing on the “STO” key once again assigns the Active Frequency to the
selected channel number, regardless of the channel is “FREE” or “USED”.
Afterwards the transceiver automatically activates storing of alphanumeric
label assigned to the Active Frequency.
If the frequency has no label attached, ten underscore signs become visible,
otherwise directly indicating the current label.
Cursor appears on the first position (see figures below).
125.875
STO
__ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
By turning the “ROTARY ENCODER characters can be selected “. Selection
works in both directions (example: from “blank  A  B  C” by turning
clockwise and from “C  B  A  blank” by turning counter clockwise).
Each push on the “ROTARY ENCODER“ shifts the cursor to the next
position.
A short push on “STO” key stores the label and a long press on “STO” key
clears currently edited label.
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In the “8.33 and 25 kHz Mixed Mode” the displayed frequency consist of 6
digits. The transceiver tunes to all possible frequencies within the aviation
VHF frequency band. The channel spacing and operating frequency is
derived automatically from the selected and displayed frequency.
4.8
Storage Function
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4.4.1 Standard Mode
Push on “MDE” key until the Standard Mode page appears.
In Standard Mode page, the display indicates the Active Frequency in the top
line and Preset Frequency in the bottom line.
The VHF transceiver provides three databases:
1. User Channels Database
2. Last Channels Database
3. Labels Database
The “User Channels Database” provides 99 channels identified as CH01 to
CH99 and to each channel, the user can assign any frequency within the
VHF-COM range from 118.000 MHz to 136.9916 MHz by simply pressing the
“STO” button. All 99 channels are editable, when selected, after the “STO”
button is pressed.
The “User Channels Database” can be edited manually or uploaded/edited
by using a PC-application connected to an interface port on connector J1 of
the AR6201.
The transceiver automatically stores nine last used frequencies into the “Last
Channels Database”, identified and easy to recall as LAST1 to LAST9.
The “Labels Database” allows attaching a text label to each of the 99
stored VHF frequencies. To a particular VHF frequency, only one label is
assignable and the label length is limited to 10 characters. The “Labels
Database” can be edited or uploaded/edited by using a PC-application
connected to an interface port on connector J1 of the AR6201.
4.8.1
Modification of User Channels Database and Labels Database
The User Channels Database and Labels Database can be modified (new
entry added or existing entry edited) only, if CHANNEL STORE option is
selected in the MEMORY OPTIONS page in Installation Setup.
Pushing on “STO” key activates Database modification in Standard Mode,
Direct Tune Mode, or Channel Mode.
During this procedure, the display looks similar to the Channel Mode with the
difference “STO” appear on the left side of the display. In the display top line
the Active Frequency appears and the bottom line shows the already
assigned or next vacant channel number. The channel number can be
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Direct editing of the Active Frequency is not available like in the Direct Tune
Mode. On this page, only editing of the Preset Frequency is possible. By the
first push on the “ROTARY ENCODER“, the MHz digits are inverted and
turning the “ROTARY ENCODER” clock- or counter clockwise change the
frequency. Two further pushes on the “ROTARY ENCODER“, the first inverts
the 100 kHz and the second selects the 25 / 8.33 kHz digits, enable for
modification of the frequency.
A short press of the “↕/SCN” key exchanges the Active and Preset
Frequency. While the transceiver is in Transmission Mode, the Exchange
between the frequencies is disabled.
Pressing the “STO” key activates storing of the Active Frequency into the
next vacant memory place in the User Channels Database. (see chapter
4.8.1 for more details)
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4.4.2 Direct Tune Mode
Push on “MDE” key until the Direct Tune Mode page appears.
If BATTERY VOLTAGE is deselected in the Installation Setup, this mode is
not accessible! Only “Standard” or “Channel” mode are accessible.
4.6
RX Field strength indication
The RX field strength, represented inside the triangle “►” appearing in front
of the currently receiving frequency, fills the triangle not, half or fully,
depending on the strength of the signal. The field strength symbol is
available in all three Frequency Selection Modes.
-
poor signal, signal just passing squelch level (triangle empty)
-
good signal, signal include a minor level of noise (triangle half filled)
-
strong signal, very clear signal (triangle filled completely)
poor
The Active Frequency, indicated in the top line, in Direct Tune Mode is
editable by means of the “ROTARY ENCODER” as described in chapter
4.5.1. The battery voltage, indicated in the bottom line shows the current
value of the supply voltage.
Direct editing of the Active Frequency is available in the Direct Tune Mode.
By the first push on the “ROTARY ENCODER“, the MHz digits are inverted
and turning the “ROTARY ENCODER” clock- or counter clockwise change
the frequency. Two further pushes on the “ROTARY ENCODER“, the first
inverts the 100 kHz and the second selects the 25 / 8.33 kHz digits. The
changes become active immediately.
good
118.200
118.200
SQL
4.7
119.300
SQL
119.300
strong
118.200
SQL
119.300
Channel Spacing Mode
The transceiver provide two frequency channel spacing operation modes,
selectable by means of pressing “STO” and “MDE” keys simultaneously for
at least 2 seconds.
8.33 kHz channel spacing (left) / 25 kHz channel spacing (right)
Changing the Active Frequency is possible only when the transceiver is not
transmitting.
Pressing STO key activates storing of Active Frequency in User Channels
Database (see chapter 4.8.1)
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Toggling of frequency channel spacing Mode is only available for AR6201(0XX) variants. The AR6201-(1XX) variants cannot be toggled. The AR6201(1XX) variants are operating in 25 kHz Mode only.
In 25 kHz Mode 5 frequency digits are shown. Only operating frequencies
with a channel spacing of 25 kHz are selectable. If 8.33 kHz channels are not
in use this mode provides the advantage of faster tuning since skipping all
8.33 kHz frequencies.
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Operating Instructions AR6201-(X0X)
Operating Instructions AR6201-(X0X)
If Preset Frequency detects an RX signal while on the Active Frequency no
signal is present, the transceiver automatically switches over to the Preset
Frequency. The arrow sign now appear in front of the Preset Frequency and
the signal is audible. A sample display shows the picture below.
4.4.3 Channel Mode
Push on “MDE” key until the Channel Mode page appears.
The Channel Mode provides selection of stored VHF frequency by means of
channel number (CH01 to CH99 or LAST1 to LAST9). The channel number
appears in the bottom line of the display, either CH01 to CH99 or LAST1 to
LAST9. The top line shows the corresponding VHF frequency assigned to
the specific channel number. The bottom line contains a text label assigned
to the displayed VHF frequency. Any label already stored to a VHF frequency
will automatically assign to any new channel number when the same
frequency is stored.
The Channel Mode shows data from User Channels Database, or Last
Channels Database and Labels Database on the display. (For a detailed
database description, refer to chapter 4.8.)
Reception on Preset Frequency in Scan mode
Disabling Squelch in Scan Function provides audio of the Active Frequency
to the audio output all the time, regardless of the presence of RF signal on
Active Frequency or Preset Frequency).
A short push on “↕/SCN” key exchange, without leaving the Scan Function,
the Preset- with Active Frequency. While the transceiver is in Transmission
Mode this function is disabled.
A short push on the “ROTARY ENCODER” activates editing the Preset
Frequency (for details refer to 4.5.1 Standard Mode).
Note:
Transmission always executes on the Active Frequency,
even if the monitored frequency is currently audible.
4.5
Squelch
Independent of the selected operation menu, squelch can be toggled
between “ON” and “OFF” by a short push on “SQL/IC” key.
118.200
118.200
119.300
119.300
SQL
Squelch “ON”
Squelch “OFF”
If the squelch function is active (“ON”) the Receivers noise is muted.
In the Pilots Menu, the Squelch threshold is adjustable to a convenient
trigger level.
If the Squelch is “OFF” the arrow sign “►” in front of the Active Frequency
stays visible all the time.
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The both pictures below show identification of the database in use by means
of prefix “CH” or “LAST” in front of the channel number.
Channel Mode
Last Channel Mode
Toggling between the three Modes the Active Frequency always stays the
same.
After selecting Channel Mode, the channel number is indicated, e.g.“CH03”,
if the frequency has already an assigned channel number in User Channels
Database, otherwise the indication will be “CH--”.
In order to select a new channel number from USER Channels Database
make a short press or one clockwise turn on the “ROTARY ENCODER“. The
Channel Number is now inverted and the desired Channel is selectable
turning either clockwise or counter clockwise the “ROTARY ENCODER“.
Each step the receiver tunes immediately to the displayed VHF frequency.
The Mode of channel number selection can be left manually by consecutive
short press of the “ROTARY ENCODER“, or leaves the Mode automatically
after 5 s timeout.
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Operating Instructions AR6201-(X0X)
In order to select the new channel number from LAST Channels Database
make a counter clockwise turn on the “ROTARY ENCODER“. The Channel
Number is now inverted and the desired last used frequency, which is related
to one of the last nine channels, is selectable turning either clockwise or
counter clockwise the “ROTARY ENCODER“. The mode of channel number
selection can be left manually by a consecutive short press of the “ROTARY
ENCODER“, or leaves the Mode automatically after 5 s timeout.
When leaving the LAST Channels Database and the last shown frequency is
not stored in one of the USER cannels Database, “CH--” will appear on the
display.
Accessing the “Last Channels Database” will be possible if “STORE LAST
CHANNEL” selected on MEMORY OPTIONS page in the Installation Setup,
otherwise the recently stored VHF frequencies are not available.
Note:
Operating Instructions AR6201-(X0X)
4.4.4 Scan Function
In all Frequency Selection Modes, a long press of “↕/SCN” key activates the
Scan Function and change to STANDARD MODE if activated from
CHANNEL or DIRECT TUNE Mode.
A short push on the “MDE” key or a long press on “SCN” key terminates
Scan Function. After leaving Scan Function, the device will remain in
Standard Mode.
Simultaneously indicated on the display appears the Active Frequency on the
top line and the Preset Frequency on the bottom line. The SCAN sign in the
display indicates that Scan Function is active.
If the device operates in the 25 kHz Mode a selection of
an earlier stored 8.33 kHz channel is not possible. For
Selection of 8.33 kHz channels, the device has to
operate in the 8.33/25 kHz Mixed Mode.
SCAN Mode
While Active Frequency and Preset Frequency detected a signal
simultaneously, the Preset Frequency inverts and blinks. The Active
Frequency has priority. The arrow sign “►” in front of the Active Frequency
indicates audio from Active Frequency is audible. A sample display shows
the picture below.
Blinking
An audio notification “Beep” tone, if selected in the Installation Setup,
additionally to the blinking Preset Frequency notifies the presence of an RX
signal on the Preset Frequency.
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